If you're considering a new look this spring, the fringed cut just might be right for you. But before you jump headfirst into bold bangs, there are a few things to consider. We chatted with Hair Food celebrity hairstylist Rebekah Forecast to get the 411 on what it takes to join the bang brigade.
1. Consider your forehead
It might seem like a no-brainer, but bangs are entirely dependent on your forehead. Fringe can work wonders for your face but can also work against it, so considering the look of your forehead before hitting the salon is a must.
"They're better on a medium to low forehead, because then they don't separate," explains Forecast. "If you have a really high forehead, then they tend to look sort of fine, because they've got to stretch further down and separate more. On a shorter forehead, bangs are going to be fuller."
Quick takeaway: A shorter forehead equals full, lush bangs. A longer forehead equals thin, sparse bangs.
2. Your washing habits and brush matter
Believe it or not, bang styling begins in the shower. "You're going to need to wash that hair every day," says Forecast. Getting fringe to fall just right also requires the proper styling product and blow dry, she says. "In [the Hair Food] line, we have the Hair Thickening Treatment ($10)—it's kind of great for bangs because you can put that into the bangs and blow dry it and it will hold them in place."
As for blowdrying, banish your round brush. Forecaset says too much root life (like that from a round brush) causes bangs to fall unnaturally. She suggests using a brush with the paddle shape of the classic Mason Pearson brush to help give bangs their ideal shape. "That shape of brush is kind of the perfect shape because you actually want to blow the bangs down," she explains of the proper blowdrying technique.
Quick takeaway: Apply the right products in the shower and avoid round brushes at all costs when blowdrying.
3. They're a commitment
Much like any new relationship, bangs require special love and attention. "They're a commitment and once you've done them, you're going to need to recut them once a month," says Forecast. Although they do require a lot of upkeep, they're not totally a one-style look. Forecast prefers to cut bags with a texturizing tool to make them softer, thus avoiding a straight-line bang, which is difficult to style.
"If you cut bangs shorter in the center, kind of like an inverted triangle, then you can also push them to each side much easier and lose them," she says. "So you can have them or not have them."
Quick takeaway: Trim bangs once a month and request a lighter touch with bangs shorter in the middle and longer on the sides to make them easier to push to the side.